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Requirements & Standards


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Admissions & Tuition


Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art History or Studio Art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Studio Art (Ceramics, Painting + Drawing, Printmaking, Photography + Integrated Media, Sculpture + Expanded Practice, Interior Architecture, and Graphic Design).

All students have a shared experience during their first year in the Foundations program. This program provides students with a basis for critical and creative thinking by giving them a broad range of experiences in the studio and in the classroom. This program also gives students the opportunity to integrate their general educational studies with their development as growing artists and scholars. Once students complete this aspect of the program, most of the explorations focus upon study within a chosen area of specialization.

Students must have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to apply to any BFA major within the School of Art + Design. Please refer to the specific application requirements for your intended major. To remain a major, students must maintain the 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.0 in their major area of study. The BFA degree requires an exhibition of each student's artworks as the crowning event in their program.


Admission Requirements


All students enter the School of Art + Design as either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Studio Art or Art History major. Studio art students may continue in the BA track, or apply for admission into a BFA degree during their second year of study. You need to meet the general University requirements in order to be accepted. A portfolio is required only if you are interested in applying for a scholarship or if you are a transfer student.


Transfer Requirements

Transfer policy for students attending another institution of higher learning: Must enroll as a general art major and complete a required program of Foundations and Studio courses or equivalent courses

To apply for credit for studio course work completed at another institution, submit the following:

• A copy of all college transcripts

• Portfolio of original work or digital images (flat pieces only, all 3-D work must be digitally submitted). Digital images must be submitted on a CD as a 72 dpi jpgs that are no larger than 1000 pixels in any dimension. Please include a numbered slide list that corresponds to the images you have submitted as well as an artist statement and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

• Materials can be sent to the Director of Foundations, Transfer Portfolio Review, School of Art + Design, Seigfred Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 prior to the following evaluation dates: May 1 (Fall and Summer entries) and February 1 (Spring entries).

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Academic units within the College of Fine Arts may have additional requirements such as auditions, interviews and/or portfolio reviews.